Tuesday, January 23, 2018

{My Parties} Winter Garden Party

I love winter parties. When I was pregnant with my first baby, I had a winter themed baby shower. There’s something so beautiful about the combination of snowflakes and icy blue. It’s actually a perfect theme for any type of party in the winter. You can use it for a baby shower, a first birthday (think “Winter ONEderland”), and especially for adult birthdays.

When I saw this Winter Garden collection, I fell in love with it. How gorgeous are these products with their birch trees and icy gates? It’s such a different spin on the typical winter party. Today I am going to show you how to take these beautiful products from Shindigz and a few items from the grocery store and turn that into the icy party of your dreams!

My backdrop for the party was this HUGE Winter Garden Trees background. I love how the trees look three dimensional. This was the perfect backdrop for my main party table. To dress up my table, I used a simple white tablecloth and then added this white tulle table skirt. I love the flowy, ethereal quality that the tulle skirt gives the table. It makes the table look like it’s floating on the snow.  As a table topper, I used teal floral sheeting, which perfectly coordinated with the sparkly blue leaves on the backdrop.

One each side of the table, I added the Winter Garden Fencing Prop. I love that it looks like a gate to enter the party. As another option, you could also use this as a backdrop too! These were so easy to put together and even my 5 year old thought they were very cool! And it’s not a winter party without snowflakes, so I added some fun oversized Shimmering Snowflakes to the front of the table.  To bring in the birch theme, I added tall vases on either side of the table that were filled with some “snow” (polyester fiberfill) and Faux Birch Branch Bundles.

I love showing readers how to take every day grocery store items and elevate them into something special for your party. For this party, everything was purchased directly from the grocery store! It’s really that easy!
Every birthday needs cake, so I picked up these simple white and gray cupcakes in the bakery section of my grocery store. They already had the snowflake toppers! Always look in the seasonal aisles of your grocery store or big box store. You’d be surprised how many times I have found the perfect item for my party right there! I displayed them on a white metal cake stand from my own collection.
Powdered donuts were an obvious choice, because of the white “snow!” I use donuts A LOT for my parties. Everyone loves them and they come in so many fun colors and flavors. And this party had to have snowballs!! Hostess Snowballs that is! I dressed them up a little bit with some premade iced toppers that I also got at the grocery store. How easy and cute!
And as a last, personalized touch, I ordered these fun Winter Garden White Swirl Lollipops. I displayed them in a fun trough of “snow” topped with glitter.

Tag Shindigz and me in your Winter parties on Facebook and Instagram (greygreybritt)! We’d love to see them!

Party Supplies: Shindigz.com

Monday, November 20, 2017

{My Parties} Cinderella Party

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A dream is a wish, your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep…”  Oh how I love Cinderella. It was definitely my favorite as a little girl.  So, when this little princess wished for a Cinderella party for her 3rd birthday, I, her fairy godmother, delivered it!  What little princess wouldn’t want her party wish granted?
I absolutely loved creating this princess’ dream party! I started with the traditional Cinderella color palette of light blue, gold, silver, and white. 

I started by welcoming our fellow princesses and princes into the party with this Fairytale Castle Arch. What an awesome way to let your guests know that they are now entering the princess’ castle!   Just inside the party, we had a little favor station and a place for the princes and princesses to pick up their shield and sword, or their tiara and wand!

I knew I wanted a big impact for the backdrop of the main party table. This Fairytale Carriage Entrance was definitely an awesome choice! It’s such a beautiful backdrop to any princess party. But, for Cinderella it’s absolutely perfect! I lined the opening with Blue Iridescent Sparkle Fabric to look like the curtains of Cinderella’s coach. Princess Mollie loved it so much that she didn’t even want to leave the room! The best part of this standee is that you can keep it for play! How exciting to have your own carriage to pretend to ride around the kingdom!

For the table linens, I chose the Light Blue Polyester tablecloth and I topped it with this oh-so-pretty Sheer Polyester Ruffle Tablecloth. It lends the perfect Cinderella touch! On the front, I hung this gorgeous glittered Cinderella carriage banner by Loralee Lewis. 


Our main party table had a variety of Cinderella themed treats for the guests. We served cupcakes, fairy godmother wand Rice Krispie Treats, Cinderella Pumpkins (Clementines), String Cheese Brooms, Magic Fruit Wands, Princess sandwiches (peanut butter and jelly), and beautiful custom sugar cookies from SemiSweet Confections. Since this was a morning party, Mollie’s mom wanted the guests to be able to take home the cookies for later. So, I personalized these Fairtytale Castle Favor Bags for the kids to take home.

Amanda at SemiSweet Confections blew me AWAY with these cookies that she matched to Loralee's invitations!

The beautiful cupcakes toppers and wraps were also from Loralee Lewis. They are just so dreamy! They took these bakery-bought cupcakes to another level!

Around the corner, we set up our beautiful princess table for our guests to eat. I used more of the light blue polyester linens and tied each chair with a Gold Satin Chair Sash. To bring in the Cinderella theme, I used these Fairytale Dreams Centerpieces. Since it was a child’s party, I used a battery operated candle in the center.

Each child also had the opportunity to create their own princess crown or shield. For that table, we needed some extra decoration, so I hung this personalized Fairytale Sparkle Banner. I love how it turned out with the addition of the carriage art! On either side, I hung some simple, light blue paper lanterns to dress up the fireplace.

These Cinderella Little Golden Books were the perfect favor for our littles. The boys got The Sword in the Stone. The tags from Loralee Lewis were the finishing touch. 

This party is fit for a queen, or a princess!

Party Supplies: Shindigz.com
Cookies: SemiSweet Confections
                                                         Paper Goods: Loralee Lewis